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  1. If you were upstream of the canyon, that's the...

    If you were upstream of the canyon, that's the section that will be wiped out. I bet you have never caught more than 1-2 brookies there even on days when you catch thirty or forty fish, have you?
  2. The comment period is open for a month. I doubt...

    The comment period is open for a month. I doubt they'll reply to my comments or say anything about what they hear before that.

    This is a big change from Grayling Creek. That one was almost...
  3. An additional note I didn't include in my...

    An additional note I didn't include in my comments but should have: there are numerous other examples of streams in Yellowstone featuring abundant brook trout populations that fail to influence areas...
  4. YNP is planning to use a nuke when a sniper rifle would do the job - please comment.

    In a case of massive overreaction, NPS, Montana FWP, and the equivalent Wyoming agencies are planning to apply rotenone to Soda Butte Creek from its headwaters all the way to Ice Box Canyon in order...
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    I haven't found this to be true at all. I have...

    I haven't found this to be true at all. I have sold a story to all of the national magazines except Fly Fisherman, and I made my first sale to each based solely on a single query letter.
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    Besides people getting stuff for free online,...

    Besides people getting stuff for free online, thereby lowering pay and removing the incentive for authors to write (my pay for my last Fly Fishing & Tying Journal story was the same as a story I...
  7. Well, never mind. At least for a couple days. It...

    Well, never mind. At least for a couple days. It rained all night, hard, and the Yellowstone blew again overnight. I do suspect it'll come back one more time before it stays muddy until mid-June,...
  8. July will be fine. In fact probably excellent....

    July will be fine. In fact probably excellent. August is the question mark. But this cool/wet weather is helping. If it holds on until the end of May, it will slash the likelihood of any closures.
  9. If you've ever thought about dropping everything to come fish the Yellowstone...

    ...Now is definitely the time.

    We had a terribly warm and dry winter and an early start to the spring runoff in late April, but May has been just the opposite: cool and wet. This has cut the top...
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    There isn't much snow left below 8000 feet. The...

    There isn't much snow left below 8000 feet. The NE Entrance SNOTEL hit zero this week, as did the Thumb Divide SNOTEL.
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    If people are looking to fish the Yellowstone...

    If people are looking to fish the Yellowstone area, plan to come a month earlier than usual. The snowpack NUMBERS actually aren't catastrophically low. What's weird is that it is ALL high elevation....
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    I actually suggest against waterproof boxes, in...

    I actually suggest against waterproof boxes, in general. If you get so much as one hackle fiber in the gasket it leaks, or if you happen to put one damp fly in all your hooks rust. Better to go...
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    You can make these things waaaaayyyy simpler than...

    You can make these things waaaaayyyy simpler than the stock pattern. Just a tail of whatever game bird feather (partridge, etc.), body of spandex wrapped under tension, slender wing case of either...
  14. So basically you're saying you don't value what...

    So basically you're saying you don't value what people on the Internet do enough to help them pay for it. Good to know.

    If you re-read this thread, you will notice that in addition to trying to...
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    Something in the #12-16 size range with a white...

    Something in the #12-16 size range with a white wing, peacock body, and lots of hackle: Trude, Wulff, that fly of Scott's, Clacka Caddis, H&L Variant...

    #16-18 BH Prince dropper.

    #14 Bob Hopper...
  16. I'm just trying to figure out a way of continuing...

    I'm just trying to figure out a way of continuing to piece together a living in this sport. In the long run, Parks' Fly Shop isn't it. Richard is 71 and not interested in selling or even making...
  17. Crowdfunding for fly fishing content creators?

    Some of the podcasts I listen to (non fly-fishing) utilize crowdfunding to pay the bills, and I'm fascinated by this as a way of supporting fly fishing businesses, in particular for monetizing "free"...
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    A little bird told me that copper is also really...

    A little bird told me that copper is also really good, sometimes even better than purple, as long a you use fluoro fire orange thread.

    Always in the cripple version. Always.

    Another little bird...
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    By the same token, you're looking at the...

    By the same token, you're looking at the Lamborghinis and Guccis and diamond rings of the fly fishing world. There are plenty of perfectly usable Kias and Levis and beaded necklaces you buy at the...
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    Or buy new ski gear? Or, shudder to think, a...

    Or buy new ski gear?

    Or, shudder to think, a set of GOLF CLUBS!?!?!?!
  21. Thread: Skunk?

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    The original Skunks (both Green Butt and...

    The original Skunks (both Green Butt and original) used skunk hair. It was replaced on commercial versions by bucktail since it's so much easier to get. You can get skunk hides from furriers for a...
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    Curious how this works when making dubbing using...

    Curious how this works when making dubbing using synthetic yarns ala Doug Korn (which is the base for virtually all of my dubbings these days, even if I add natural fur or Ice Dub later).
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    High water isn't going to be an issue this year....

    High water isn't going to be an issue this year. We've had record warmth for most of the winter (about 6 degrees above normal and rising, on average) and I wouldn't be at all surprised if runoff...
  24. Lots in Grebe and Cascade Lakes, a few in the...

    Lots in Grebe and Cascade Lakes, a few in the upper Gibbon River. Good numbers in Wolf Lake too, but they're harder to catch there due to the lake's layout. Reintroductions underway or planned in a...
  25. I personally do about 3/4 boat trips of some kind...

    I personally do about 3/4 boat trips of some kind (river floats, power boat trips, and ranch lake trips, in that order), but the shop as a whole does more like 55-60% walk trips. We get so many...
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